RCMP throughout the province report Operation Impact 2017 as being a busy weekend on our province's highways, with police issuing hundreds of violation tickets to motorists. During the Thanksgiving Day weekend, members conducted patrols on the province's highways and in communities, seeking impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, as well as other violations, including seatbelt non-compliance.
RCMP also responded to a fatal collision which occurred on the Veteran's Memorial Highway in the afternoon of Friday, October 6. This matter is currently under investigation by Bay Roberts Detachment and "B" Division Traffic Services.
Divisional/Provincial statistics on total violations handed out by the RCMP during Operation Impact 2017 are as follows:
Impaired by alcohol - 4
Impaired by drug - 0
Road-side suspensions - 1
Speeding / aggressive driving - 628
Seatbelts - 22
Other provincial stats - 134
Cell phone use / Distracted driving - 6
Fail to yield - 5
Careless driving (provincial) - 13
Prohibited driving (Criminal Code) - 0
Other Criminal Code - 9
Following too close - 1
Insurance charges - 20
Vehicles checked: 3,061
The RCMP would like to remind the public that enforcement initiatives will continue in the future. Remember, don't drink and drive, slow down and always wear your seatbelt when either operating a motor vehicle or travelling as a passenger in one.